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- Bimberdong Trail - Waterloo Trail - Trig Trail:
From Bushranger Creek Road travel to the Lakeside Picnic Area which is adjacent the old Wellington Reservoir.
Three more trails depart from here: the Bimberdong Trail heads north and ascends the foothills of the mountain to link up with the Apex Trail. Opposite the picnic area the Waterloo Trail and the Trig Trail also depart, together forming one loop track which takes in the Mt Wellesley television repeater station.
Old Wellington Reservoir:
By 1900 a reservoir was completed on Bushrangers Creek to improve Wellington’s water supply.
The Wellington Reservoir was only used until approximately 1910 because the supply was insufficient during
droughts. Over the following 80 odd years, the Reservoir and its picnic area became a popular recreational spot for the local
community. The dam wall was demolished in 2002 but a portion of the wall base remains as well as evidence of the caretaker's hut near the old dam wall. A sign has been erected recording the history of the dam.
- just a short drive from the centre of Wellington
Mount Arthur Reserve Trust, PO Box 328 Wellington 2820 firstname.lastname@example.org
A Glossy brochure is available at the Tourist Information Centre – it contains an updated map and detailed information about the trails within the Reserve. phone 1800 621 614
Situated within the public Reserve, Mt Arthur itself, first sighted by the explorer John Oxley in 1817, looms over Wellington at 563 m above sea-level.
The Mount Arthur Reserve takes in three peaks - Mount Arthur, Wellesly and Duke - and covers 1300 ha of bushland creating a sanctuary for a large number of birds, animals and plants.
The Reserve has several walking trails of one and a half hours to four hours duration plus a number of Lookouts which provides views over Wellington, the valley and the Bell and Macquarie rivers.
Designated horse trails are also available.
A BBQ, shelter, toilets and picnic areas are in the Reserve but no camping is allowed.
Finding Mount Arthur Reserve:
When travelling from Dubbo, continue straight through the first round-about (Warne St & Nanima Cres) and turn right at the second round-about (Renshaw McGirr Way & Maughan St). Cross the Bell River and drive for approximately two kilometres, watching for the sign to the Reserve on your right.
Travelling from Molong turn left at the first round-about (Maughan Street) and drive straight ahead at the second one (Renshaw McGirr Way) and continue as above over the Bell River.
Much of the area of the current Reserve was originally identified
for the ‘Preservation of Native Flora’ in 1938, and as a ‘Fauna Protection District’ in 1952. In 1987 the natural values of the Reserve earned its listing on the Register of the National Estate. By the Government Gazette of May 27th 2011 the Mount Arthur Reserve was gazetted for the purpose of ‘Public Recreation’ and ‘Environmental Protection’.
The Mount Arthur Trust believes it is important for the Reserve to be managed for both recreation and conservation of its important natural values.
Important conservation values of the Reserve include:
Significant plant diversity, with over 400 species of native plants (including 36 species of orchids) and a mixture of plants that commonly grow great distances apart.
Endangered, rare and interesting vegetation communities.
Habitat for state and federally listed threatened species, as well as other rare species.
The most significant known population of the endangered Small Purple Pea (Swainsona recta) in the region.
The Burrungee Trail passes through mature cypress pine, with
occasional eucalypts and interesting rock formations. In Autumn it is also a great spot for viewing autumn orchids (particularly along the first 200m of the Trail).
If you are looking for a short (just 500m, return) pleasant walk where you can see the autumn orchids, then walk the first section
of the Burrungee Trail from the carpark to the Green Point lookout.
Approximately 200m along the trail there are two large boulders with a passage between them. A further 50m on the right there is a small
path leading to the lookout, with views over the Wellington
Burrungee Trail :
To walk the entire Burrungee Trail and avoid the fairly steep climb up the trail to the Binjang Lookout, start from the carpark at the top of the Scenic drive, and walk the Apex Trail to the Ningana Lookout (Mt Arthur summit).
From Ningana, walk out to the Binjang Lookout. The Burrungee trail then descends to the Scenic Drive, below the carpark.
(Scenic Drive leads past picnic areas and the start of the Bundari Trail, ending at the car park)
Walking the entire Burrungee Trail Circuit - 3.8km
- Top of Scenic Drive - Carpark
Approx. 90mins - depending on your level of fitness :
There have been approximately 30 Burrawang plants discovered in the Reserve and they can be seen along many of the walking trails. The Burrawang is a very slow growing plant which has dark green fronds but no flowers. Cones, which look like pineapples up to 25cm long, grow on the plants and produce seeds. These seeds are toxic however to enable them to eat the seeds, the Aboriginal people developed a method to remove the toxins by vigorous washing.
The Burrawang is a member of an ancient group of plants called Macrozamia (cycads). Cycads occur throughout the world but the genus Macrozamia is endemic to Australia.
- Bundara Trail - Burrungee Trail - Apex Trail:
(Follow Scenic Drive which leads past picnic areas and the start of the Bundari Trail, ending at the car park & other trails)
All three allow access to the Binjang and Ningana Lookouts at Mt Arthur's summit, furnishing spectacular views of the Bell and Macquarie river junction below and of the Wellington Valley, surrounding mountains and plains of the area.
All flora and fauna within the Reserve are protected. Please take only pictures and leave the environment undisturbed.
Rubbish dumping is prohibited within the Reserve – even seemingly harmless green waste can be a fire hazard and also contribute to weed invasions.
Established in 1964 on over 167-ha, it has one of the largest collections of Australian plants in cultivation. Over 50,000 Australian flowering plants, trees, shrubs and wildflowers, including numerous rare and endangered plants.